CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia American Water Company officials said water tests at their Kanawha Valley treatment plant revealed no presence of MCHM after Friday’s overflow at Freedom Industries.
The testing came after a deluge of rain caused Freedom to suffer another spill of stormwater runoff into the Elk River.
Six samples of raw water were taken from the river and tested at the water company’s lab between 5:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. All results were negative.
“Two back-to-back storm water overflows at the Freedom Industries site are completely unacceptable, and although water quality was not impacted, such events only serve to erode customer confidence in the water supply,” said Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water.
“On behalf of our customers, we urge those managing this site to improve their containment system and take additional steps to prevent such incidents.”